Georgia Tech Information Security Center Raises Awareness of Wireless Security Issues

November 14, 2005

Summit Brings Technology Stakeholders Together to Examine Wireless Security Challenges Facing Consumers and Enterprises

ATLANTA, November 15, 2005 – The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), a national leader in information security research and education, today hosted the Wireless Security Summit, which examined the security challenges associated with one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic areas in the technology industry today – wireless voice and data networks. Executives from major corporations with a stake in wireless technology, including AirDefense, BellSouth [NYSE: BLS], Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Cingular Wireless, InterContinental Hotels Group [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], Internet Security Systems [NASDAQ: ISSX] and RF Micro Devices [NASDAQ: RFMD], provided Summit attendees with a breakdown of security risks and solutions from the perspective of the end user, service provider, security leader and wireless component developer.

“Wireless technology is exploding, with enterprises and consumers quickly adopting new services in order to realize the significant social and economic benefits that come with wireless voice and data networks,” said Mustaque Ahamad , director of GTISC. “At the Wireless Security Summit, GTISC has further educated the technology and business communities about the security issues associated with this technology and proposed solutions to these potential challenges . ”

More than 200 corporate executives, industry leaders and technologists from across the country attended the Wireless Security Summit, which was keynoted by Mitch Gelman, vice president and executive producer of CNN.com. Mr. Gelman's keynote address focused on current growth and future possibilities of the wireless market, as well as the need for increased security measures to protect the information that flows over wireless voice and data networks.

“As the usage of wireless and mobile technologies becomes more and more ingrained into everyday life, security still remains as a large obstacle for further adoption,” said Mr. Gelman. “In order for wireless services to thrive, there cannot be a security cost associated with improved connectivity. I commend GTISC and the College of Computing at Georgia Tech for creating a forum for discussing and developing usable solutions to security risks that challenge the integrity of wireless and mobile technologies.”

Following Mr. Gelman's address, representatives from AirDefense, Cingular Wireless, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, Internet Security Systems, RFMD and Georgia Tech participated in a panel about wireless security. Moderated by Steve Zimba, the Director of Voice Strategy at BellSouth, the panelists debated how security will impact the constant availability associated with wireless voice and data networks and whether security threats such as identity theft will proliferate due to less secure wireless networks and “hotspots.”

“As stakeholders in the wireless industry, BellSouth and the other organizations represented at the Wireless Security Summit have a responsibility to monitor security risks as new and more technically-complex wireless devices and networks develop,” said Mr. Zimba. “Providing our customers with convenient, affordable and safe means of communications is BellSouth's top priority, and we are looking forward to working with GTISC and other industry participants to heighten security awareness among consumer and business end users and proactively promote viable solutions.”

For more information about the Wireless Security Summit and GTISC, please visit http://www.gtisc.gatech.edu/ .

About Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC)

The Georgia Tech Information Security Center , a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, is an interdisciplinary center involving faculty from the College of Computing , School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and the School of Public Policy.

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